Higher than average rainfall and growth of the bees’ two favourite flowers could account for the larger than usual colony

Thousands of fluffy native bees are emerging from the clay pans in Western Australia in bumper nesting colonies, after a year of above-average rainfall has wildflowers blooming.

Dawson’s burrowing bees, or Amegilla dawsoni, emerge from the ground from a few weeks every spring to breed and dig new burrows, which they will line with wax and fill with pollen and eggs.

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